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Texas A&M Men's Basketball to host Missouri Saturday

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics) (Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team rounds out the week of play at home, hosting Missouri Saturday afternoon. The Aggies are looking to bounce back after falling to No. 14 Auburn, 85-66, Wednesday evening. A&M saw two players score 20-plus points in a game for the third time this season, but a first half deficit was too much to overcome. Missouri is in search of its first win in league play, most recently dropping a 70-60 contest to Alabama on the road on Wednesday night. The three-game skid for the Tigers came after riding a six-game win streak into conference play. 

Texas A&M Quick Hits
• Savion Flagg knocked down a career-high four threes to help lead the way with 22 points against Auburn for his fifth straight game in double figures.
• Wendell Mitchell had another strong first half performance, scoring 16 of his team-best 22 points in the opening 20. He also went 9-of-10 from the free throw line. 
• Josh Nebo has gotten up for 38 blocks this season, which more than doubles any other teammate's total.
• TJ Starks has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, most notably reaching double digits on his game-winning three at Alabama.
• A&M's win at Alabama on Jan. 12 was the program's first in Tuscaloosa as a member of the SEC and second all-time.  
• The Aggies committed just three turnovers at Alabama, limiting themselves to single-digits in the category for the second time this season. 
• After the win at Alabama, A&M is 2-2 in one-possession games this season.  
• Five of the nine Aggies that saw the court against Arkansas made their SEC debut.  

Series Info
• Saturday will be the 36th meeting between the Aggies and Tigers as well as their 13th as members of the SEC. A&M leads the all-time series, 18-17.
• Notably, Missouri lists the all-time series as 18-15 in favor of Texas A&M as the school was forced to vacate all of its wins (including two over the Aggies) during the 2013-14 season.
• Texas A&M snapped a seven-game win streak against the Tigers in the second meeting last season, as the Aggies fell 62-58 in Columbia on Feb. 13 ... TJ Starks and Admon Gilder led A&M in that game with 14 points apiece.
• Earlier last season, on Jan. 20, the Aggies defeated Mizzou 60-49 inside Reed Arena. Tonny Trocha-Morelos led the way with a game-high 14 points while Tyler Davis posted a double-double.

Consistency From Flagg
• Sophomore Savion Flagg has been one of the most consistent performers for the Aggies this season. He has led the team in rebounding in six consecutive outings, while also scoring in double figures in each of the last five games.
• Flagg has been a top-two scorer and led the Aggies in rebounding throughout the year.
• So far in SEC play Flagg has paced the team in both categories, averaging 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds. He's shooting over 53-percent in all three categories.

Two For 20
• Two Aggies reached the 20-point mark in a game for the third time this season as sophomore Savion Flagg and junior Wendell Mitchell each put up 22 points against No. 14 Auburn.
• Flagg knocked down a career-high four threes to reach 20-plus points for the fourth time this season, while Mitchell went off for 16 of his total in the first half, and finished 9-of-10 from the free throw line against the Tigers. 
• A&M started conference play seeing two Aggies score 20-plus points in the same game for the second time this season, as Flagg and  classmate TJ Starks led the team in the opener.
• Flagg recorded his second double-double of the season, finishing with 20 points and 15 boards, while Starks matched his career high with 23 points, 17 coming in the second half. 
• The first time two Aggies put up 20 points in the same game was when Brandon Mahan and Christian Mekowulu set season highs with 20 points apiece in the win over Valpo.
• Mahan knocked down four of his seven attempts from beyond the arc in the game, while Mekowulu went 8-for-9 from the field.

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